Cychrus caraboides (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is a large and distinctively shaped Carabid, often found under logs in damp and shady woodland. It is extremly similar in shape to the Violet Ground Beetle, but lacks any of that species' metallic highlights. Although described as being common, C. caraboides is often fairly difficult to find in parts of the Sherwood Forest NNR, most success coming from checking underneath logs during the colder months of the year.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cychrus caraboides
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Wil Heeney. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2017

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